Singapore morning news for July 20

Singapore morning news for July 20

Singapore morning news

More than 140,000 employers to receive S$4 billion in Jobs Support Scheme payouts from Jul 29
More than S$4 billion in Jobs Support Scheme (JSS) payouts will be disbursed to employers from Jul 29.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore’s tourism receipts down 39% to S$4b in Q1
SINGAPORE’S tourism receipts took a hit in the first quarter of this year amid the Covid-19 pandemic, sinking 39 per cent from the year-ago period to S$4 billion, according to figures released on Friday in the Singapore Tourism Board’s (STB) quarterly report.
— The Business Times

Singapore’s June export rebound caps expansionary first half
SINGAPORE’S non-oil domestic exports (NODX), which rebounded in June after a surprise dip in May, are now on track to outshine the official forecast of a full-year contraction.
— The Business Times

COVID-19: Travellers entering Singapore from Victoria in Australia, Japan and Hong Kong to serve stay-home notice at dedicated facilities
Travellers entering Singapore after 11.59pm on Sunday (Jul 19) with travel history to Victoria in Australia, Japan and Hong Kong within the last 14 days, including transit passengers, will have to serve their stay-home notices at dedicated facilities rather than their own home, announced National Development Minister Lawrence Wong on Friday.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

All foreign workers to be tested by mid-August, says COVID-19 task force
All foreign workers living in dormitories will be tested by mid-August, the COVID-19 multi-ministry taskforce said on Friday (Jul 17).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

MOH preliminarily confirms 257 new cases of COVID-19 infection; Total tally at 47,912
As of Sunday noon (19 July), the Ministry of Health (MOH) has preliminarily confirmed an additional 257 cases of COVID-19 infection in Singapore.
— The Online Citizen

NDP 2020 Singapore Together Packs collection to start from Jul 20
Each Singaporean and permanent resident household will be able to collect one Singapore Together Pack, if they wish to, from community centres/clubs (CCs) and residents’ committee (RC) centres starting Monday (Jul 20).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Hopes high for Singapore-Malaysia cross-border travel
For people stuck on either side of the Causeway, the possible resumption of cross-border travel between Singapore and Malaysia is cause for optimism.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Anti-dengue Wolbachia mosquito project shows ‘promising results’; to cover all Tampines, Yishun HDB towns from July
A project to combat dengue by releasing specially bred mosquitoes will be widened to cover all Yishun and Tampines HDB towns from July, encompassing about 15 per cent of HDB blocks in Singapore, the National Environment Agency (NEA) said in a news release on Friday (Jul 17).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore must prepare for, and prevent, second wave of Covid-19: Gan Kim Yong
SINGAPORE must be prepared for a second wave of Covid-19 infection, although that can be avoided as long as residents remain vigilant and continue to behave responsibly, said Health Minister Gan Kim Yong on Friday.
— The Business Times

15-year-old boy charged for alleged involvement in racially aggravated assault on Singaporean student in London
A 15-year-old boy has been charged by the London Metropolitan Police for his alleged involvement in a racially aggravated assault on Singaporean student Mr Jonathan Mok in London.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

RWS, MBS must still invest S$9 billion or risk higher taxes: MTI
SINGAPORE’S integrated resorts (IRs) remain committed to their investment plans, despite the knock-out blow that the novel coronavirus pandemic has landed on the industry.
— The Business Times

Raffles Hotel cuts 15% of staff to cope with Covid-19 fallout
ANOTHER hotel operator is trimming its workforce as tourist arrivals and receipts continue to take a hit from Covid-19.
— The Business Times

COVID-19: Singapore publishes new research findings that could help with development of vaccines, more accurate testing
Researchers in Singapore have discovered the specific sites on the novel coronavirus that trigger the body to produce antibodies that can prevent further COVID-19 infection.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

60% of public believes sex education is important in preventing teenage pregnancies, according to survey by Babes
With the number of teenage births showing a downward trend over the last decade with a total of 289 babies born to teenage mothers in 2018, the lowest in a decade, a study by local non-government and social service organisation Babes Pregnancy Crisis Support (Babes) has found that a majority (60%) of respondents recognise that sex education is important in continuing to manage the issue of teenage pregnancies in Singapore.
— The Online Citizen

Singapore hotels look to woo staycationers with promotions, COVID-19 safety measures
Staycation packages with more perks and safety measures that are part of a “new normal” have been put in place by coronavirus-battered hotels in Singapore, after being given the green light to reopen their doors this month.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Lot One Shoppers’ Mall, Westgate, Sim Lim Square among places visited by COVID-19 cases while infectious
Several new locations have been added to the list of places visited by COVID-19 cases in the community during their infectious period, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said on Friday (Jul 17).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Cross-sector partnership between Hush TeaBar, SDI Academy and AOL to provide mental health support to migrant workers amid COVID-19 pandemic
As the Singapore’s migrant workers dormitories gazetted as isolation areas following the massive COVID-19 outbreak in dormitories, the quarantined migrant workers have faced the mental health challenges amidst the fears of COVID-19.
— The Online Citizen

Workers’ Party says it has asked to meet existing town councils to discuss handover in Sengkang GRC
The Workers’ Party’s (WP) Sengkang GRC team has requested a meeting next week with representatives of the existing town councils to discuss matters relating to the handover, team leader He Ting Ru said on Sunday (Jul 19).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

PAP and non-PAP voters: cost of living and jobs are two biggest concerns in GE2020
Cost of living (COL) and jobs were listed as the top issues for voters in the recent General Election. The findings were published by Blackbox Research on Thursday (16 Jul) where a total sample size of 1507 were surveyed in two polls during the campaign period: 1 -2 July and 7-8 July.
— The Online Citizen

MOH and MOM apologise for delay in informing worker that he had tested positive for Covid-19
The worker was informed only on July 13 that he had tested positive for Covid-19. He had undergone the swab test on June 22.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Overseas Singaporeans call for Government to explore alternatives to increase their voting accessibility
Holding an election in the middle of a global pandemic has emphasized a great need for the Government to explore alternative options in facilitating the ease of voting for Singaporeans who are living abroad, prompting some citizens to issue an open letter to the Government with regards to the voting issues.
— The Online Citizen

Digital focus key in retail’s recovery, adjustment to ‘new normal’
SINGAPORE’S physical retail landscape is coming back to life as the shutters go up and consumers return to shopping malls in the second stage of the city state’s phased reopening.
— The Business Times

Inclusive growth amid Covid-19 is key task post-GE2020: Business leaders
THE bread-and-butter issues of job security and the cost of living remain pressing in the aftermath of Singapore’s General Election, C-suite executives told The Business Times.
— The Business Times

Singapore on watch for La Nina, ahead of haze season
The dry season in South-east Asia is just around the corner, but the region could experience some relief from haze this year.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore mall operators play key role to widen retailers’ online reach
AS retailers forge ahead with efforts to go online, a move hastened by the Covid-19 pandemic, mall operators in Singapore should also align themselves with the trend to stay relevant – not just to consumers, but tenants as well, according to industry consultants.
— The Business Times

Demand for local produce must match supply: Amy Khor
Although an overwhelming majority of people here said they would buy more locally grown food, only around two-thirds of them can easily identify home-grown produce.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

GE2020: ELD to conduct voter survey on experience at polling stations
The Elections Department (ELD) said on Saturday (Jul 18) that it will be conducting a survey to gather feedback from voters on their experience at polling stations.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

$100k of new mental health fund for peer initiatives
A new $1 million fund aimed at addressing mental health issues among young people here will set aside a total of $100,000 for peer-run initiatives.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Lawrence Wong says crowds gathered during GE potentially have consequences on COVID-19 infections; Netizens ask why hold GE amid pandemic
Many supporters of the political parties had congregated at various locations across Singapore on the night when the General Election (GE) results were announced, which may have consequences on the number of COVID-19 cases, said the Minister of National Development Lawrence Wong on Friday (17 July).
— The Online Citizen

IN FOCUS: At Singapore’s first pandemic election, did parties do enough to win support online?
As political parties campaigned during General Election 2020, first-time voter Mr Yap Zheng Yi, 26, often found himself sifting through a variety of offerings on social media.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Do high level civil servants resort to writing letters to foreign publications because POFMA orders would not work?
The controversial Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act (POFMA) became law in Singapore on 8 May 2019.
— The Online Citizen

Singapore to see record number of women enter Parliament after GE2020
A record number of women lawmakers will enter Singapore’s Parliament after the General Election, a milestone that the incoming female parliamentarians said will add more diversity and balance in policy-making.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

SGUnited Skills Programme has over 1,000 sign-ups to date
ABOUT 1,300 people so far have signed up for the more than 6,500 training places available under the SGUnited Skills Programme, Education Minister Ong Ye Kung said on Friday.
— The Business Times

Veteran lawyer’s practice straddles Singapore and Australia
Veteran Singapore lawyer Bachoo Mohan Singh has taken the path hardly trodden in operating cross-border law firms.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

German firm did so well here it shifted HQ from Munich to S’pore
German-born Martin Schweiger’s practice, Schweiger & Partners, is an international firm with a difference.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Ng Ser Miang re-elected as International Olympic Committee vice-president
Singapore’s Ng Ser Miang has been re-elected as the vice-president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

SIA Engineering Q1 profit drops 74.3% to $10.7m
SIA Engineering Company (SIAEC), the maintenance arm of Singapore Airlines, recorded a net profit slide of 74.3 per cent to S$10.7 million between April and June 2020, compared with the same quarter a year ago.
— The Business Times

Human remains found near where Singaporean student in Western Australia was swept into ocean: MFA
Human remains have been found near the location where Goh Heng Yi, a 23-year-old Singaporean student, was swept into the ocean in Western Australia last month, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) on Friday (Jul 17).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

NLB removes Chinese-language children book for review after library user complains it is racist
The National Library Board (NLB) has removed a Chinese-language children’s book for review after a reader complained that it is racist.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

No rescue offer for PnP retail investors from new white knights of Hyflux
None of the new potential white knights for beleaguered Hyflux have lodged rescue offers for the 34,000 investors of its failed perpetual securities and preference shares (PnP) who have been waiting over two years to recoup their losses, Singapore’s investor watchdog noted.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Man investigated for allegedly providing false information to police
A 33-year-old man is being investigated by the police for allegedly providing false information to the authority after reporting several crimes.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Birthday joy for grandma, the longest-staying Covid-19 patient at NUH
Choy Wai Chee, 58, has been in a life-and-death fight against Covid-19 for the past four months.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

NParks: Alleged dog abuse case happened few years ago, topless man has been identified
A Facebook post has gone viral overnight showing videos of a topless man hitting a poodle repeatedly.
— Mothership

Man admits setting fire to Singapore flag, destroying it and igniting fires on 7 other flags at HDB block
A heavily intoxicated man saw a Singapore flag hung outside his block a few days before National Day last year and decided to set fire to it.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Police will not be taking further action on Ong Ye Kung over video posted during GE2020
The police will not be taking any further action” over a Facebook video Education Minister Ong Ye Kung posted during the General Election that was not in line with electoral rules.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore’s ambassador to Japan rebuts Nikkei Asian Review’s article on S’pore GE and COVID-19
Singapore Ambassador to Japan Peter Tan Hai Chuan has issued a letter to rebut an article published by Nikkei Asian Review regarding the COVID-19 outbreak in Singapore and General Election, saying that the writer has painted “a distorted picture” as well as made false and misleading statements.
— The Online Citizen

Police investigating 190 suspects after victims report more than S$1.8million lost in scams
Police are investigating 190 people suspected to be involved in 382 cases of scams, where victims allegedly lost more than S$1.8 million, the Singapore Police Force (SPF) said on Saturday (Jul 18).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

LTA awards 4 Jurong Region Line contracts worth more than S$682 million
The Land Transport Authority (LTA) has awarded four contracts for the Jurong Region Line (JRL), worth about S$682.5 million in total.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Migrant workers housed in Bukit Timah give back by trimming grass in neighbourhood
A group of more than 10 Bukit Timah residents rolled up their sleeves and spent their Sunday morning (July 19) helping to trim some 1.5 hectares of overgrown grass around Housing Board blocks in Toh Yi.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Man’s illegal online e-cigarette business derailed by HSA, fined S$45,000
To carry out an illicit online business selling electronic cigarettes and related accessories, a man invested about S$10,000 and operated for a year and eight months before the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) caught him in a set-up.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Mum quit job to reunite with child in Johor but dad is in Singapore
Ms Shermaine Chan was torn between staying in Singapore with her husband and returning to Malaysia to see her one-year-old daughter.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Man arrested after upskirt photo of female passenger taken on public bus
A 46-year-old man has been arrested for his suspected involvement in a case of voyeurism, police said in a news release on Sunday (Jul 19).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singaporean Daniel De Costa sets up a crowdfunding for his constitutional challenge
Earlier on 23 June, Singapore citizen Daniel De Costa had filed a constitutional challenge against the Government’s decision to hold an election amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
— The Online Citizen

Man arrested for suspected renovation scams amounting to S$130,000
A 48-year-old man was arrested on Thursday (Jul 16) for his suspected involvement in a series of renovation scams.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Attempts to smuggle 1,080 e-vaporiser refill pods and 10 e-vaporiser modules foiled by ICA
A total of 1,080 e-vaporiser refill pods and 10 e-vaporiser modules were found within a Malaysia-registered pickup truck transporting durians on Monday (14 July).
— The Online Citizen

NUS student who climbed into ex-girlfriend’s home and strangled her gets short detention and day reporting orders
A National University of Singapore (NUS) student who strangled his ex-girlfriend when she declined to revive their relationship was sentenced on Friday (Jul 17) to community-based sentences.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Construction worker who stabbed roommate over COVID-19-related call to his wife gets jail
A construction worker talking loudly to his wife on the phone, trying to allay her concerns that he had chosen to remain in Singapore despite the COVID-19 outbreak, irked a dormitory roommate who picked up a knife and stabbed him.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

 

 

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